18 August 2015 | utgard14
"What, no Shirley Temple?"
MGM short about the Trocadero nightclub, which put on a show every Sunday night where up-and-coming talent could be discovered by the big shots in attendance. The host for the whole thing is Reginald Denny. Some of the guests include Groucho Marx (without his mustache!), Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Robert Benchley, Chester Morris, Frank Morgan, Dick Foran, Eric Blore, and Sally Blane (sister of Loretta Young). Other celebs are name-dropped, such as Jack Benny and Joe E. Brown, but don't appear. The talent hoping to become stars are Connee Boswell, The Brian Sisters, and Peter Lind Hayes as an annoying bellboy doing impersonations (including one in blackface) every few minutes. The orchestra leader is George Hamilton, father of the very tanned actor George Hamilton most of us are more familiar with. It's not funny and the songs are nothing special. There is a fashion show in the middle of it, which is bizarrely amusing in its way. As another reviewer mentioned, the sound quality isn't the greatest. Only worth a look for classic film fans who enjoy curiosities such as this.